put on the dog

Definition of put on the dog

US, informal + old-fashioned
:to pretend that one is very stylish or rich
  • They really put on the dog for their daughter's wedding.

Word by Word Definitions

put play
  1. : to place in a specified position or relationship : lay

  2. : to move in a specified direction

  3. : to send (something, such as a weapon or missile) into or through something : thrust

  1. : a throw made with an overhand pushing motion

  2. : an option to sell a specified amount of a security (such as a stock) or commodity (such as wheat) at a fixed price at or within a specified time — compare call 3d

  1. : being in place : fixed, set

dog play
  1. : canid

  2. : a male dog

  3. : a worthless or contemptible person

  1. : canine

  2. : having an inferior or inauthentic quality : spurious

  1. : to hunt, track, or follow like a hound

  2. : to worry as if by pursuit with dogs : plague

  3. : to bother or pester persistently

  1. : extremely, utterly


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